Do I need to remove shot from wild ducks before cooking?

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…my friend shot them with a shotgun, and I’m concerned about the bullets exploding in the oven.

I should be very clear here that our areas of expertise are more centered around ingredients and cooking techniques than hunting.  However, my understanding is that the shot (small metal balls) left in hunted game birds shouldn’t have any gunpowder and thus will not explode in the oven.

However, there are two good reasons to remove shot before cooking: a) protecting your teeth from biting down on it b) preventing contamination from metal residues getting into your food (especially if your friend was using lead shot).

I would recommend removing it before cooking to be safe.

– Question Submitted by Partrizo B.

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